A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has formed a center and is now a defined storm, Tropical Storm Debby, as of Saturday afternoon, June 23, 2012.
Tropical Storm Debby is currently carrying winds of 50 mph and moving northward at 6 mph. Models from the National Hurricane Center show Debby continuing to move northward and taking a western turn. Debby is expected to hit landfall later this week along the Texas coast.
If the storm continues on the expected track New Orleans and southern Louisiana should only be impacted by some rain. If Debby moves further north than expected, the storm could come ashore along the Louisiana coast.
Debby is currently located approximately 220 miles south of the Mississippi River.
Nine production platforms and one drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico have shut down due to the high winds. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Louisiana coast to the Florida panhandle.
There is no immediate cause for concern for New Orleans residents at this time, however, tropical storms can change course at any time. Stay tuned to local news for updates to get the latest on Tropical Storm Debby.